Since launching Hmong American Partnership’s Learn and Live: Kev To Taub, Yuav Cawm Tau Koj Txoj Sia Program this past year, at least 250 Hmong women have attended breast health workshops and this number is only expected to grow.
HAP is currently the largest non-profit Hmong organization in the United States. Providing over 20 programs, HAP’s mission is to empower the community to embrace the strengths of our cultures while achieving our potential. This past year, to address the disparities of breast and cervical cancer among Hmong women, HAP launched the Learn and Live Program. The goal of this program is to educate the Hmong community on breast and cervical health and increase the number of screenings.
Hmong women have high rates of cancer but very low rates of cancer screenings. This is due to various reasons such as language and cultural barriers, views on western medicine, and lack of health insurance and transportation. Taking these factors into account, the Learn and Live program is designed to provide culturally sensitive services by conducting group workshops, making individual home visits, helping women schedule screenings, and providing transportation. Most importantly, the program provides education not only for the women but for their husbands and daughters as well. This is to help husbands understand the importance of their wives’ health and to educate daughters to be aware of not only the health of their mothers but most importantly, themselves.
HAP partners with local health care providers from the Minnesota Department of Health’s SAGE Screening Program and the American Cancer Society’s Minnesota Chapter. SAGE provides free mammograms and Pap tests for women who do not have health insurance and both SAGE and ACS provide gift cards to women who complete their check-ups.
Anyone interested in receiving services through HAP’s Learn and Live Program can contact Nina Lee at [email protected] or (651) 495-1502. To learn about other services provided by HAP, please visit www.hmong.org.